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Khanh Russo

Khanh Russo

Khanh Russo

Senior Director, Partnership for the Bay’s Future & Great Communities Collaborative
Why do you do what you do?

In a place increasingly divided by income and wealth, and on a planet where geopolitical, economic, and technological forces deepen our already-substantial disparities, I believe that we can do better. This should not be our reality. We are a community strengthened by our diversity, compassion, innovation, technology, social justice and incredible wealth, and with that I know we can solve the housing crisis and ensure that everyone can participate in and benefit from the community’s prosperity.

What drew you to the foundation?

My family immigrated to America as political refugees and were supported by the nonprofits that the foundation funded. I was also inspired by the foundation’s commitment to social justice, racial equity and economic inclusion.

How would you describe your role?

My work will give power to communities that are working toward housing equity, improving transportation, building climate resilience and support communities looking to transform their government through policy change.

Are you involved in any volunteer activities?

I volunteer for SPUR, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, and Cristo Rey San Jose High School. I am also a lay minister with my church providing religious formation.

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